Independent – [in-di-pen-duh nt] 1. Free from outside control; not depending on another’s authority. 2. Not influenced or affected by others.
These are two of many definitions for a term whose meanings are the basis of this month’s celebration commemorating First National Title’s four-year anniversary. It is really a celebration of YOU, our FNTI agents.
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many of our agents and look forward to getting to know the rest of you very soon. I’ve found that all of our agents share common traits that make them “independent” and have become successful because they are not influenced or affected by outside pressures.
Below are some of these common traits. See how many you can relate to in your own experience.
There Is a Story
Each person and each company has a story to tell regarding how they started in the title industry.
Was it a desire to go out on your own and be free of outside control? Was it something that at first appeared to shut a door but was actually a push for you to begin your title career? Or was it the need for a job with no options available that turned into a great journey in a great industry?
There Are Landmines in the Story
Whenever I talk to agents about their beginnings or journeys, they always share the bad times or trials and tribulations that they’ve overcome and realize how much sweeter success is now that they were able to conquer these landmines.
What kind of landmines have you faced in your career? Instead of keeping them to yourselves, I encourage you to share them with others as a source of pride and possibly a lesson for them to learn on their own journeys.
Even While Independent… You Are Never Alone
While at the end of the day you answer to the person in the mirror, I have yet to find a title professional or company who was success by doing it all by their lonesome.
Who have been your “right hands,” mentors, teammates, etc. that without them you would not be where you are today? Make sure you tell these people how much they meant to you when you catch a moment.
These simple things—the story of your beginnings, tough times you’ve faced, and the people who have supported you in your journey helped you to create what makes you “independent “ and all the great definitions that go along with that term.